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Looking to shop outside the box? Local markets and arts and crafts fairs have become an annual shopping tradition for many families. With handmade goods that make a refreshing alternative to mass produced holiday gifts, these events offer a more personal and social experience than shopping at a local chain store or at home on-line. Here are five Holiday markets to check out in Des Moines.
Dowtown Winters’ Farmers’ Market
Capital Square and Kaleidoscope at the Hub • Fifth and Walnut Streets • Downtown, Des Moines, IA • (515) 286-4911
When: November 18-19 and December 16-17, 2016; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The Winter Farmers’ Market is a perfect opportunity to stock up for holiday meals, parties, and gift giving with more than 130 vendors. Farmers will be selling a variety of locally raised products including eggs, beef, pork, duck, turkeys, holiday hams, and a variety of late season and greenhouse produce. Shoppers can also expect to find an abundance of fresh handmade products including locally produced honey, jams, salsa, wine, cheese, noodles, breads, pies and cinnamon rolls. In addition, poinsettias, fresh cut Christmas trees, wreaths, handmade holiday ornaments and home decorations will be available. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Iowa’s Largest Arts & Crafts Show
Iowa State Fairgrounds – Varied Industries Building • 3000 E Grand Avene • Des Moines, IA 50317 • (563) 652-4529
When: November 18, 2016 5:00 to 9:00 pm; November 19, 2016 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; November 20, 2016 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Iowa’s largest arts and crafts show features over 300 talented exhibitors selling thousands of unique handmade products. All items sold at the show are hand made by the vendors who sell them. A fantastic shopping event! Admission: $7 Adults and Children (11 and over), Children 10 and under are FREE.
Market Day – Black Friday Sale
Capital Square Atrium • 400 Locust Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 689-8859
When: November 25th, 2016
Market Day is a curated pop-up market. Since 2009, we have hand-selected quality, original vendors from Des Moines and surrounding areas. We organize events to bring them together with shoppers and everyone has a blast. We started Market Day because we wanted people to see all of the cool stuff our friends make. We wanted our shoppers to “meet their makers,” and put a face to the things that they buy. Join us! Market Day is FREE to attend and fun to be at.
Christkindlmarket Des Moines
Cowles Commons • 221 Walnut Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 250-6366
When: December 2, 2016: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; December 3, 2016: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; December 4, 2016: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Each year, people from all over the world visit Christkindlmarkets. The outdoor markets have become so popular and loved by everyone that has been exposed to them. Christmas Markets are no longer just a German tradition; they have traveled all across the world. The unique cultural and educational experience, typical European-inspired food and drink, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make Christkindlmarket Des Moines the perfect family destination. Admission is FREE!!!
Des Moines Holiday Expo
Iowa Event Center – Hy Vee Hall B • 730 3rd Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (435) 229-8342
When: December 10th at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Bring your whole family & friends to the Des Moines Holiday Expo. Kick off this holiday season with a day FULL of shopping from local Des Moines Vendors. Santa will be at the Des Moines Holiday Expo! Bring your little ones to take a professional picture with Santa for only $2 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Includes an instant photo with Santa and a treat. Admission is $1.00.
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